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AUS - couples - whale shark
Places - Cairns
Au fishing discoverpage detailed culture history
Au double island surf standing friends see and do active
Truly experience Australia with these

Must-do activities

Adventure awaits you in Australia. Let the locals introduce you to their fascinating culture, identity, and powerful landscape, as you get the most out of your journey and experience our unique small-scale activities.

Of course, guidebooks can send you to well-known places, but only locals can tell you where the locals go - and as you start planning your holiday to Australia, we're here to help you choose the best activities the land Down Under has to offer.

With TravelEssence, you can experience authentic local activities that showcase and promote the real essence of Australia, meticulously chosen for their small-scale, environmentally-conscious approach - and tailored to your interests.

Get up close and personal with a laughing kookaburra, or experience an intimate encounter with a captivating wombat.

Delve deeply into the rich tapestry of Australian Aboriginal culture - the world's oldest - alongside our knowledgeable local guides, and prepare yourself for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience that only TravelEssence can provide.

The TravelEssence guarantee:

  • Explore beyond the typical tourist destinations with a tailor-made holiday that is made just for you.
  • Engage and immerse with your welcoming local hosts and gain a deeper understanding of different customs.
  • Discover unique small-scale accommodations and activities.
  • Once in a lifetime kind of experience.
  • Rest assured with a 24/7 network of support for the duration of your holiday should you need us.
  • Speak to a travel expert when convenient for you - our team is available every day until 9 pm at our London office or online.
  • Complete peace of mind as we are full members of ATOL and ABTA.

Top activities in Australia for couples

Australia is the perfect destination for couples looking to create unforgettable memories together. From the pulse of its cities to the beauty of its natural wonders, Australia offers endless opportunities for romance and adventure.

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Activities in Australia for families

We offer you activities organised by the locals, in small groups or privately

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Encounter unique wildlife

TravelEssence has partnered with local activity suppliers that offer some of the most exclusive encounters while supporting the protection of these incredible species.

Swim with magnificent humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean or whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef. Have close encounters with koalas and kangaroos on Kangaroo Island, or spot a fascinating Tasmanian devil on the island of Tasmania.

See crocodiles in their natural habitat in The Kimberley or among Kakadu National Park, or spot turtles at Eco Beach in Broome in what will be the best holiday - EVER!

"I love to have close encounters with wildlife, either organised with a local guide or by myself. It always fascinates me!"

Monique, TravelEssence customer

Discover the Outback

A trip to Australia isn’t quite complete without a visit to the Outback. Embrace the feeling of complete freedom as you discover the heart and soul of Australia's red centre.

With TravelEssence, you will be led by local guides - born and raised in these regions - as they take you on a tour along the captivating sights and landscapes ranging from incredible rock formations, red desert, and deep gorges to waterfalls, swimming holes and untouched wilderness.

Sleep in a swag under the night sky, witness magical sunsets, and connect with the Aboriginal culture on an “off the beaten” track holiday with TravelEssence.

Take a hot-air balloon ride over the Outback

Alice Springs, Australia

Be charmed by the spirit of the Outback, high in the sky, a hot-air balloon ride.

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Dine under a canopy of stars in the heart of Australia’s Outback

Alice Springs, Australia

Indulge the ultimate culinary experience, under the stars, overlooking Uluru.

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Uncover Australia’s cities

Australia is home to some of the world's most impressive and multicultural cities, such as Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane.

By booking your holiday with TravelEssence, you can tap into our expert knowledge, local resources, and exclusive partnerships with local suppliers, that enable us to tailor-make your Australian adventure, perfectly crafted just for you.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, discover Brisbane by bike, walk the coastal trail from Bondi to Coogee, or be introduced to Melbourne’s café culture as you uncover the hidden gems and culinary delights each city has to offer - the TravelEssence way.

Capture the best views from above
Climb over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge
Experience the ultimate spine-tingling adventure and climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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Melbourne's Cafe Culture
Discover Melbourne’s culinary scene
Taste the coffee culture, try an Aussie-styled brunch or tickle your senses at the endless restaurants on offer with this Melbourne tour.
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Roam the city of Sydney by bike
You will cycle together with a local knowledgeable guide who will tell you all about the city.
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Uncover the hidden treasures of Mornington Peninsula
Spend the day exploring the Mornington Peninsula.
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Meet the locals

There's nothing like exploring a destination through the eyes of the locals. To immerse oneself in the local culture and customs. The Aboriginal peoples of Australia know their surroundings like no other, thanks to their special bond and connection with the land.

Rich cultural traditions have been passed on through generations, making it possible to listen to their stories in their native language and learn about these traditions through song and dance, to this very day.

At TravelEssence, we make it our mission to only promote individual or very small group tours, as we want to make sure that you learn and immerse yourself in these cultures without interruptions, so you too can fully understand the value and importance of these customs to its people.

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Learn about oldest culture in the world from our Indigenous guide

Miles of coastline

With over 16,000 miles of coastline and more than 10,000 beaches, it is no surprise why Australia is home to world-class water activities such as snorkelling, diving, surfing, kayaking, and sailing.

With so many beaches, the hard part is choosing which to visit - which is why we are here to help you. Based on your preferences, we will create a bespoke travel itinerary, tailor-made just for you, detailing the ideal beaches and coastal towns for you to visit.

Looking to dive along the world's largest living ecosystem - the Great Barrier Reef? No problem. Maybe you want to sail along the blue waters of Tasmania? We'll take care of it. Or instead, what you really want is to learn to surf in the iconic Bondi Beach? Consider it done! We can take care of it all for you.

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Would you like to find out a little more?

We offer regular online presentations. Get to know Australia a little better. And see if you like what we offer and what we can offer you. It’s free, of course, and no obligation. You can find our next online presentations here.

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Wander amongst nature

Australia is home to thousands of national parks, nature reserves, and ancient rainforests.

When you travel with TravelEssence, there is so much more than just conquering the Grampians, Bay of Fires, and Three Capes or exploring the depths of the Daintree National Forest.

Our expertise and exclusive partnerships with local suppliers mean that we offer you the widest range of activities - guided by knowledgeable locals or self-guided - that enable you to wander through Australia’s endless breathtaking nature in the way that suits you best.

A gastronomic tour of Australia

Australia has cultivated a rich appreciation for winemaking - a tradition that thrives primarily in the southern regions of the country.

Visit the oldest wine region of Australia - Barossa Valley, for some of the best Riesling in the world or cycle the vineyards of McLaren Vale. Do you love Pinot Noir and Chardonnay? Then we recommend a visit to Yarra Valley. And let's not forget Hunter Valley, celebrated for its exquisite Chardonnay grapes and host to some of the country's best wine and food festivals.

With TravelEssence, every sip and every bite becomes part of your unforgettable holiday, each playing an important part of this of a once-in-a-lifetime experience that only we can provide.

A whimsical tour of boutique Barossa wineries

Adelaide, Australia

This Barossa wine tour has been created to highlight the region's top wineries and experiences.

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Set sail and savour freshly caught seafood in Tasmania

Hobart, Australia

Explore Tasmania's pristine coastline together with a local company. The tour starts at Constitution Dock in…

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Discover a world beyond ordinary

At TravelEssence, we specialise in crafting custom-made holidays that take you off the beaten path and create memories to last a lifetime. We believe in connecting with the heart and soul of a place, introducing you to the locals who call it home. Engage in conversations with fascinating individuals who will share their stories, traditions, and way of life, leaving an indelible mark on your journey.